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Ron Turk and Barry Clevely were in­ducted into the Kapiti Horowhenua Busi­ness Hall of Fame at this year's Elec­tra Kapiti Horowhenua Busi­ness Awards Gala Din­ner in Levin last Fri­day, bring­ing the num­ber of busi­ness peo­ple ad­mit­ted to the hall to 24.

Both Ron and Barry have made hugely pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions to their com­mu­ni­ties over many decades — one as a sig­nif­i­cant em­ployer, the other as a vi­sion­ary prop­erty de­vel­oper — both as suc­cess­ful busi­ness­men and com­mu­nity sup­port­ers.

And for the very first time in its his­tory, the Hall of Fame now has an in­ter­gen­er­a­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion with a son join­ing his fa­ther as a lau­re­ate.

Join­ing his fa­ther (and fel­low Hall of Fame Lau­re­ate) in the fam­ily busi­ness in the early 1970s, Ron Turk has spent the last 17 years at the helm.

Born in Wellington in 1956, the mid­dle child of six, Ron Turk moved to Fox­ton with his fam­ily in 1966 where they pur­chased their first poul­try farm, sup­ply­ing eggs from Paekakariki to Hi­matangi. As a boy Ron at­tended Saint Mary's Con­vent School and then Manawatu Col­lege where he be­came part of the school's first ever soc­cer team.

The nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for Ron was to fol­low his fa­ther, John, into the poul­try busi­ness and at the age 16 he left school to help on the farm where he learned ev­ery as­pect of the busi­ness through “hand­son” ex­pe­ri­ence.

Over the first 10 years the busi­ness re­mained rel­a­tively small with just John, Ron and one em­ployee, but they still man­aged to grow the farm from 2000 to 20,000 lay­ing hens.

At the age of 30 Ron de­cided to im­prove his busi­ness skills, read­ing a huge num­ber of books on cre­at­ing suc­cess­ful busi­nesses and un­der­tak­ing self-di­rected study at the In­sti­tute of Direc­tors, learn­ing fi­nance, lead­er­ship and per­son­al­ity pro­fil­ing.

By the early 1990s the busi­ness had grown to 100,000 hens, and the busi­ness en­tered poul­try pro­cess­ing, build­ing their first abat­toir. Em­ploy­ing more than 150 staff re­quired a change in man­age­ment struc­ture and a board was formed. A ma­jor cul­tural change within the busi­ness lead to a hap­pier and more pro­duc­tive work en­vi­ron­ment and sup­ported fur­ther growth.

To­day Turk's has been in busi­ness for 52 years and em­ploys 220 peo­ple, with 180 of them in Fox­ton. Through his years of ex­pe­ri­ence, Ron has learned busi­ness is all about the peo­ple and this has led him to make smarter em­ploy­ment choices.

Barry Clevely is a quin­tes­sen­tial Kiwi rooted in his lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Born in Kai Iwi Beach, Whanganui, Barry spent his first 14 years in Waipawa be­fore mov­ing to Palmerston North Boys High School to con­tinue his ed­u­ca­tion. He then moved on to the NZ Phar­macy Col­lege where his bud­ding drive for ex­cel­lence be­came ev­i­dent as he grad­u­ated as top stu­dent and win­ner of the Ko­dak Prize. The 2018 Elec­tra Busi­ness of the Year win­ners:

Win­ner: Ke­nakena School Highly Com­mended: Wood­haven Gar­dens Ltd

The Ex­cel­lence Award win­ners were: Owner-Op­er­a­tor: Sud­bury Small Busi­ness: Green­haven Homes Ltd

Medium Busi­ness: Peter Jack­son Plumb­ing

Large Busi­ness: Ke­nakena School The Achieve­ment Award win­ners were: Emerg­ing Busi­ness: Green­haven Homes Ltd

Em­ployer of Choice: Ke­nakena School

“Give Where You Live”: Wood­haven Gar­dens Ltd Health and Safety: Al­liance Group Levin Plant

“It’s Great to be Here!”: Al­liance Group Levin Plant

New Think­ing: Ke­nakena School The Cus­tomer Choice Award win­ners were:

Re­tail: West­bury Phar­macy Ser­vice: Elise Niu — Func­tional HIIT NZ

Age Friendly: West­bury Phar­macy

Spend­ing his first three years do­ing locums at phar­ma­cies around the North Is­land, he even­tu­ally be­came man­ager of Porirua Ur­gent Phar­macy be­fore buy­ing the orig­i­nal Waikanae Phar­macy in 1965.

It was dur­ing the 1960s and 1970s that Barry de­vel­oped a love for prop­erty, both as a de­vel­oper and an aca­demic.

With five oth­ers, he formed the Waikanae Prop­erty En­ter­prise un­der­tak­ing var­i­ous de­vel­op­ments, like Coastal Dunes in Peka Peka, and projects in Ro­torua and Nel­son. He also en­rolled at Massey Univer­sity to study prop­erty.

In 1973 he be­came the first em­ployee of prop­erty de­vel­op­ment com­pany RDC. In 15 years as CEO he has ad­vised or­gan­i­sa­tions such as NZ Rail, Air NZ and Te Papa, and was ap­pointed de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor of the $30m con­ver­sion of the for­mer Buckle Street Do­min­ion Mu­seum into Massey Univer­sity's Wellington Cam­pus — a project that led to the cre­ation of the MC2 Group. This part­ner­ship has com­pleted a string of Kapiti/Horowhenua de­vel­op­ments in­clud­ing the cre­ation of Horowhenua's first sub­stan­tial vine­yard — Bish­ops Vine­yard, Ohau Vil­lage Project — awarded the NZ In­sti­tute of Sur­vey­ors only na­tional Gold Award of Ex­cel­lence in 2010.

Ron Turk fol­lows in his fa­ther’s foot­steps into the busi­ness hall of fame.

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